I have mixed emotions about ‘Earth Day’. Of course we should celebrate the Earth, but sometimes I feel as though everyday awareness is ignored for the once a year ‘marked-on-the-calendar’ kind of convenience that an ‘Earth Day’ gives us. I don’t think awareness and stewardship should happen in a vacuum.  At the same time, I see that from this single day, from a craft, from a book, from a lecture, life long commitments to the earth are born. Little earth rangers develop from a spark, from a passion, from a love that is ignited in some magical way. Hopefully, this is what Earth Day does, rather than just being yet another symbol of our throw-away, convenient, give it to me through the drive-thru culture.

With my little diatribe over with, let me say that Aodhan and I have a fun month of Earth-Awareness activities to share with you. We have so much fun ahead of us, and I can’t wait for our little Earth Day party on the 22nd, but I wanted to start by sharing a fantastically fun Earth Day art project that can be done by the littliest of littles (with the help of an adult or two) and the biggest of bigs.

We wanted to let everyone who came to our house to know that we were starting to think ahead to Earth Day, and I thought a giant planet Earth for our door would do the trick. But, why use paint brushes and our hands to create art when we can use our feet?

Here is what we used for this simple, fun and sensory-oriented project:

  • a big blue circle cut out of card
  • green paint
  • cotton puffs
  • glue
  • green marker

I traced the (rough) outline of the continents onto our blue circle and added some green paint to a plate. The rest was all Aodhan. He loved splooshing the paint around the cardboard. I mean it, there was sheer joy on the boy’s face as he painted the world with his toes. After a wipe down of his little feet, he added the two poles to the planet with some glue and puffs.

Done!
So easy and so fun.

Be sure to check in tomorrow when I share the gluten-free and vegan DIRT pudding cups we made for dinner tonight. Yum Scrum.

Be sure to check out all the lovlely blogs that are linking up to this Earth Day Blog Hop!

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10 Responses to Earth Day Sensory Art

  1. Gina says:

    How fun! My son loves to put his feet in the paint…we’ll have to try this sometime! I can’t wait to read your post about the Vegan DIRT cups! Sounds delish!
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  2. Hannah says:

    Wow! We were just discussing outdoors art activities! Very nice!

    I followed you from Kid’s Co Op Link Up. Here was our fun activity: http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2012/04/wonderfull-full-of-wonder-wednesday_11.html
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  3. Lorie says:

    Looks like fun! We’re going to try it!
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  4. Wow! What a fun way to make the world. Lots of fun.

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy & Alissa

  5. I so agree that it’s important to focus on treating the Earth well and teaching these values all the time. It is also, fun, though to have a reason to do fun activities like this one. Love it!
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  6. Pinkoddy says:

    That looks a great idea. I think the idea of Earth Day is to do something that will make a long term change – that’s how I understood it. Change a habit or plant something etc.

  7. Carla says:

    What a great idea! I completely agree that Earth Day should be a concept we teach regularly–my daughter is actually a bigger advocate of recycling than me now! Still, I think designating a day gives the idea more attention than it would otherwise get, so I’m happy to encourage it. ;) Thanks for sharing at Teach Me Tuesday! I linked up my most recent Earth Day post too!
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  8. Roopa says:

    Love the use of foot prints to create Earth!! Have featured it on my blog for this week’s Kids Co-op. Thanks for sharing!!
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